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At what point and what level is hCG first detectable in most home urine pregnancy tests?

At what point and what level is hCG first detectable in most home urine pregnancy tests?

Very accurate: A home urine pregnancy test can be positive a few days before your period is due. It becomes very accurate by 1 week after your period is due. ...Read more

Dr. Heidi Fowler
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How is hCG measured in blood pregnancy tests? How is the level/number determined?

Antibody to HCG: Antibodies to the beta chain of HCG are used to measure HCG in blood and urine. Blood levels of 5 units or higher are usually indicative of pregnancy. ...Read more

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I am getting positive pregnancy tests (multiple), I had my hcg level checked and it was 2. Can I still be pregnant? I was about 10 dpo at test

I am getting positive pregnancy tests (multiple), I had my hcg level checked and it was  2. Can I still be pregnant? I was about 10 dpo at test

See your doctor: Your doctor can get all the details of any medications that you may have taken and put it all in perspective. She can also do a sonogram and give you more pertinent information if need be. She can also help you with the emotional side of this issue. I hope it all turns ourt for the best. ...Read more

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Doctor said that some sensitive home pregnancy tests can pick up a positive result with an hCG level of just 1mlu. Possible? How?

Doctor said that  some sensitive home pregnancy tests can pick up a positive result with an hCG level of  just 1mlu. Possible?  How?

Does it matter? : Most tests pick up a bhcg of about 20. I am not sure why this is useful information though. A bhcg coubles every 48 hours. Even in the rare cicumstance where someone checks a test so early it can not detect it (say a level of 19) 48 hours later your level is high enough for detection. Home pregnancy tests are very simple and very accurate. ...Read more

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Four weeks pregnant light bleeding that stopped still positive on home pregnancy tests hCG level on Tuesday was 24 and Thursday was 23. Any hope?

Hcg levels: It really shouldn't go down. However, if the tests were done at 2 different labs you can't compare the two being a couple days apart. I would repeat the level in about a week. Might be a good idea to check a progesterone level as well as very low levels are associated with miscarriage or tubal pregnancy. ...Read more

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My hCG levels dropped from 87000 to 77000. I didnt have any bleeding or cramping and after 2w i still get positive pregnancy tests. Whats going on?

My hCG levels dropped from 87000 to 77000. I didnt have any bleeding or cramping and after 2w i still get positive pregnancy tests. Whats going on?

HCG varies: hCH testing is useful for confirmation in early pregnancy, and to evaluate for a miscarriage. It varies daily and is not stable so, in general, comparisons are rarely useful. Your positive pregnancy tests are reassuring that you are still pregnant. Discuss with your provider whether or not another hCG measurement to reassure or clarify is indicated. ...Read more